Sunday, February 21, 2010

ON FIELD WORK

On Friday we had our first on-field practice of the spring. Hitting in the cages is one thing, but once you get on the field for the first time everything changes. Our day started with a quick stretch on the field followed by some running. After we threw for a few minutes we spilt up into three groups for some on-field batting practice. It took a few swings before I started to feel comfortable facing a live arm on the field. I don't know what it is, but hitting in an open area is so much different from hitting in the confined space of a batting cage. It is awesome to watch how the ball reacts off the bat and see the way the ball flies.

We hit for about thirty to forty-five minutes and then took some time taking ground balls. It was my first time taking ground balls on actual dirt in more than four months. Back at home I do all of my work inside a turf batting cage. I do take some ground balls in the off-season but the way the ball bounces off the turf is just so different from the way it would react off of dirt. All together practice lasted for about an hour and a half, the perfect amount of time to get all of our work in for the twelve of us.

On Saturday and Sunday we were supposed to continue with our on-field practice, but we had so much rain that it flooded the field for two days. Hopefully the rain will move out of the area for Monday's practice so we can get back to our normal routine.

8 comments:

  1. don't bet on it, looks like more rain in forecast for tomorrow.

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  2. Saw you out at practice Friday, Matt - keep up the good work!

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  3. I love reading these updates Matt.

    Remember ..

    The only thing standing between you and your big league dream, is an old man 5' 7", who brings only one thing to the ballpark. Grit. The Padres 2B job is there for you if you want it bad enough Matt.

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  4. Wow that is crazy...maybe it will miss us

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  5. Thanks! Will do

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  6. Thanks I appreciate it

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  7. hey man good luck for this season, i hope that you can be 100% healty , you got the talent to became the padres everyday 2b

    seeya

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  8. Thanks pete I appreciate that...I hope so too

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